The JQ Festival is back this month, with visitors set to enjoy live music, theatre, walking tours, food, drinks and much more from 11am – 8pm. Returning on Saturday 23rd July for the first time since 2019, the summer festival will feature over 20 local businesses, including the likes of Birmingham Stationery Co., Epicuriosity, In Bloom and Dapper Dogs Of Bearwood.
Organised by the JQ BID, the JQ Festival is now back for its sixth instalment and is scheduled to kick off at 11am with the Golden Square Craft Market. Visitors will be able to browse a selection of local hand-crafted, independent brands and meet the artisan makers and creators behind them, whilst enjoying a tipple from the pop-up prosecco and craft ale bar.
Alongside this, there are set to be plenty of interactive events throughout the day; including a variety of free guided and self-guided tours covering a multitude of heritage sites and museums, such as The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and The Pen Museum. What’s more, visitors can also enjoy a variety of hands-on workshops and master classes, such as chocolate tasting and cocktail making.
Commenting on the return of the festival, Luke Crane, Executive Director of the JQBID says:
“After many months of planning, we’re so excited to be back with a bang for our sixth festival this summer! With a diverse programme of events on offer, all ages will be able to enjoy everything from live music and outdoor theatre performances to great food and delicious drinks all day long and into the evening.”
Taking centre stage will be the St Paul’s Square Music Festival, which runs from 12:30pm – 7pm. After its hugely successful debut in 2019, the line-up is set to be better than ever with dance-worthy tunes and great ambience all day long. Other live entertainment will include the CDOB Brazilian Cultural Centre’s Capoeira dance demonstration
Likewise, visitors will also be able to enjoy live theatre in one of Birmingham’s most unique settings, with performances starting from 12pm, at the Warstone Lane Cemetery Theatre. Plus, other immersive experiences on offer will also include volunteer-led tours of the incredible, historic catacombs within the cemetery.
“We can’t wait to bring together local businesses, residents and communities to celebrate all that the Jewellery Quarter has to offer, from hidden gems to local hotspots. Events like this bring to life both the past and the present of the area and we hope that visitors enjoy being able to step back in time to re-discover the cultural significance of the Quarter,” added Luke.
The Jewellery Quarter’s JQ Festival 2022 is set to take place from 11am – 8pm on Saturday 23rd July.
For more information on the event, visit https://jewelleryquarter.net/whats-on/jq-festival/